Welsh Postcodes Stand Out as Safest Areas to Raise a Family

A new Family Investments report suggests Wales has some of the safest areas to raise children

  • Family Friendly Hotspots report finds Llwyngwril, St Marys, Abercych, Dyffryn Ardudwy and Seascale are the safest areas of England and Wales in which to raise a family in terms of crime
  • 12 of the 20 safest postal districts in England and Wales are in Wales

Other facts:

  • Brighton, Hove and Waltham Forest named as the best areas for childcare provision
  • Wokingham, Broadstairs and Gateshead found to have the best local amenities

If you’re looking for a safe area in which to start a family then Wales may be the place for you, according to findings published in a new report from Family Investments.

The Family Friendly Hotspots Report has pulled data from across England and Wales to highlight the best places to live based on a number of factors: from property prices to the standard of local schooling and crime data. Using recent crime data from local police forces across England and Wales – which shows the frequency of a range of crimes per capita, including burglary, robbery and vehicle crimes, as well as anti-social behaviour and violent crime – the Family Friendly Hotspots Report has revealed that 12 of the top 20 and seven of the top ten safest areas in which to raise children are in Wales.

As part of the report, the Family Investments Hotspots survey saw people across England and Wales expressing their views on what factors were important when considering where to live – and 90 per cent of respondents said crime levels are a big consideration.

Llwyngwril in Gwynedd took the top spot of safest areas to raise a family in England and Wales, with Abercych in Pembrokeshire reaching third and Dyffryn Ardudwy in Gwynedd taking fourth. Llwyngwril is able to boast a crime-per-capita ratio of just 0.01, compared to the 0.18 average in England and Wales. Whitland, Penysarn, Garndolbenmaen and Llangammarch Wells also made the top ten for Wales, while England’s highest-ranked areas were St Mary’s – second overall on the list – and Seascale in fifth.

However, while many Welsh postcodes offer safe places to bring up a child, the rankings for childcare provision were dominated by English addresses. Brighton and Hove in particular ranks highly on both the cost and quality of childcare with the postcodes BN1, BN3 and BN2, taking first, second and eighth on the list respectively.  Forty-seven per cent of respondents to the Hotspots survey said childcare costs are important in relation to where they live.

Since keeping the kids active and entertained at weekends and during school holidays is also a priority for parents, the Family Friendly Hotspots Report also looked at the ‘most fun’ areas of England and Wales, taking into account amenities per square mile.

Here, Wokingham was the surprise at the top of the list, largely thanks to the 16 leisure centres it boasts in its vicinity. Broadstairs, Gateshead and Dorchester also scored highly.

Kate Moore, head of savings and investments at Family Investments, commented: “Our customers told us that the safety of an area is a major consideration when choosing a place to raise a family, and it’s interesting to see that Wales has so many spaces in the top 20 safest places to live.

“Of course, childcare provision and access to local amenities are also important to families, so we think our tool is a valuable resource for any parents looking for somewhere to base their family.”

The Family Friendly Hotspots Report provides a detailed breakdown of how individual postal districts score in area such as property prices, amenities, schooling and safety. To see how your postcode shapes up against the rest, use the handy interactive tool available here.

Safest postal districts in which to raise a family 
1 LL37 Llwyngwril
2 TR21 St Marys
3 SA37 Abercych
4 LL44 Dyffryn Ardudwy
5 CA20 Seascale
6 SA34 Whitland
7 LL69 Penysarn
8 LL51 Garndolbenmaen
9 LD4 Llangammarch Wells
10 TR2 Probus
11 SY17 Carno
12 SA63 Clarbeston Road
13 EX21 Shebbear
14 TA22 Dulverton
15 SY19 Llanbrynmair
16 SY15 Montgomery
17 SA41 Crymych
18 SA32 Peniel
19 PL33 Delabole
20 NE68 Seahouses
Postal districts with the best childcare provision
1 BN1 Brighton
2 BN3 Hove
3 E17 Waltham Forest
4 BS16 Bristol
5 LE5 Leicester
6 SO19 Southampton
7 BN2 Brighton
8 BB2 Blackburn
9 SL4 Windsor
10 ST6 Stoke-On-Trent
11 PE1 Peterborough
12 E14 Tower Hamlets
13 SN3 Swindon
14 ST3 Stoke-On-Trent
15 IP14 Stowmarket
16 E4 Waltham Forest
17 CO10 Sudbury
18 DE23 Derby
19 LE15 Oakham
20 NW1 Camden
‘Most fun’ postal districts
1 RG40 Wokingham
2 CT10 Broadstairs
3 NE11 Gateshead
4 DT1 Dorchester
5 B78 Polesworth
6 PO30 Newport
7 GL50 Cheltenham
8 CA12 Keswick
9 RM20 Grays
10 DA9 Greenhithe
11 EX5 Bradninch
12 SY23 Aberystwyth
13 BH21 Wimborne
14 BS2 Bristol
15 CH62 Wirral
16 PL25 St. Austell
17 MK41 Bedford
18 TF3 Telford
19 BA1 Bath
20 PO20 Selsey

About Family Investments

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  • Family Investments currently looks after more than £4.5 billion of family money for more than 1.8 million people in the UK
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  • Family Investments was voted best Junior ISA provider at 2012 Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts Awards and Highly Commended in the same category in 2013.
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 Posted by Charlotte on November 12, 2013 Being a Mother  Add comments

  2 Responses to “The Best Places To Raise A Family”


    And now I want to hear you say all those Welsh names out loud 😉

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